We know we’re biased, but we at Pac-Van think shipping containers are pretty incredible.
Shipping containers have been repurposed for over 2 decades. These steel structures can be reused in a multitude of amazing of ways. The large quantities available and the cost-effective prices has made them appealing to architects and designers worldwide.
Custom modular buildings are becoming more popular day-by-day. These modified containers are not only unique, but technology allows construction time to be reduced by up to half that of conventional building techniques while cutting back on on-site interruptions. In addition to all of this, these modified containers remain significantly more environmentally friendly.
Pac-Van works with our customers to create modified shipping containers to provide the right solution to whatever space challenges they’re facing. When some plumbers shared with us that storing their pipes was challenging, we created custom shipping containers for them. In the plumbing industry, an uncut pipe measures in at just over 21 feet. Those can’t be stored in a 20 foot container without being cut, but a 40’ foot container leaves a lot of space empty, and sometimes the job site just can’t fit an extra 40 foot container. Pac-Van’s plumbers’ boxes take 20 foot storage containers and turns them into modified shipping containers by adding 2’ by 4’ extensions to one end, effectively making these 22 foot containers. The insides of these custom shipping containers are equipped with a racking system for pipes, which can then be folded and secured flush to the side walls when not in use.
Repurposed shipping containers stacked together provide high strength, steel structures that when combined can create a wide variety of spaces. Classrooms, office spaces, sports halls, container houses, garden nurseries, community centers, artist studios, retail spaces, and apartment complexes are just some of the creative ways people are reusing containers.
Check out several of the ways repurposed shipping containers have been used.
OceanScope or ContainerScope, Incheon, South Korea Learn More.
This Children’s Activity Center, Melbourne, Australia Learn More.
Cargominium Project, Columbus, Ohio Learn More.
Badeschiff, the Floating Swimming Pool, Berlin, Germany Learn More.
Container City II, London, England Learn More.
Proposed: eCORRE Complex, Long Beach, California Learn More.
Of course shipping containers are still mainly being used for their primary purpose: shipping and storing stuff. But they are also being modified, transformed and repurposed into amazing things. Clearly, the possibilities are endless with storage container modifications.